Beeksma Steps Down as Northland Cross Country Coach

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Beeksma Steps Down as Northland Cross Country Coach

August 4, 2011 Updated Aug 4, 2011 at 4:48 PM CDT

Ashland, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Northland College cross coach Dave Beeksma has resigned, and the Lumberjacks have hired assistant coach Blaise Sopiwnik to fill the job.

“It is with a heavy heart that I resign from my position as the head cross country coach at Northland College,” Beeksma said. "However, it was simply not logistically possible to provide the time and energy the student athletes deserve due to my work obligations. So it is time to step aside and let someone else have some fun. My life has been enriched by the many students I have had the privilege to work with over the years.”

Beeksma, who served as head coach for six years, will be replaced the five-year assistant Sopinwik, a 2004 Northland graduate who is the only Northland runner to ever win a conference meet.

“This opportunity has been something that I have always wanted. As a distance athlete it is one of the highest honors to be a head coach for your alma mater," Sopinwik said. “Northland College is located in one of the best places to run cross country in given the miles of National Forest roads, sandy beaches and a typically long fall running season along Lake Superior. I am grateful for the time Dave has invested over the years and I am inspired to take this program to new heights.”

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